The Allure of the “O”

Oregon Football Cleats

2012; Amazing Moments

Oregon Football Cleats

It was an early Saturday morning on May 11th when I went jogging over the river and through the woods and noticed an increasing number of people as I got closer to Autzen. “Alright, I gotta see what’s going on over here,” I said to myself. I reached the Leo Harris Parkway to discover a mass of people in tents and sleeping bags outside of the Moshofsky Center.  Had OCCUPY found a new stronghold in the football team’s front yard?  Then, “Oh yeah,” I remember thinking, “it’s the Surplus Sale.”

This annual athletic sale offers Duck apparel and equipment – baseball bats, track cleats, and of course football helmets and jerseys – at reduced prices.  Although prices aren’t marked down that much, people still flock to the sale in droves; my roommate being one of them who (no joke) camped out for TWO DAYS before the doors opened early Saturday morning!

Oregon Yellow Crome Helmet

2012; Kevin Cline

Oregon Yellow Crome Helmet

Everyone knows just how flashy, progressive, and above all cool our athletic apparel is.  Perhaps the best example is our football gear with chrome helmets and highlighter uniforms. While discussions regarding our uniforms hardly ever get past, “That looks sick,” what is really remarkable is the impact they have on people and our community.  Look no further than the Surplus Sale, where individuals camp out for days just to buy authentic practice jerseys or even office furniture.  There is an intense allure to our school’s pioneering brand and logo that people just want to be a part of.  This yearning extends beyond just the Surplus Sale and is seen in both athletic and academic recruitment for the school.  Being known as that “cool, progressive university with the funny helmets” brings us national recognition, and supremacy.

Oregon "O" on pylon.

2012; Amazing Moments

Nasty-colored Oregon “O” on pylon.

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Mathew Topolewski

Mathew Topolewski

Mathew recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in both English and Cinema Studies. Growing up he played Hockey his entire life, and was able to reach the Junior A level of play his Freshmen year of college. He therefore not only has an intense passion for sports, but has a unique understanding and appreciation for all athletes.